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Treasury didn't check for legal authority before delaying Obamacare mandate

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Treasury Department officials didn't check to make sure they had the legal authority to delay an Obamacare mandate before issuing guidance that flouted the text of the law, a department official told House investigators.

Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, who announced the employer mandate delay in a blog post, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he didn't remember anyone considering the legal basis for the delay.

"Did anyone in the Department of the Treasury inquire into the legal authority for the delays?" Mazur was asked.

"I don't recall anything along those lines, no," he replied. He gave a similar answer when asked about the IRS and the Executive Office of the President.

Attorney General Eric Holder couldn't explain the legal basis for the employer mandate delay when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, pressed him about it during a Senate hearing in January.

"I'll be honest with you, I have not seen -- I don't remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time," Holder told Lee.

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